With Trump gone in the most recent Republican debate in Iowa, candidates were able to have a better discussion about the pressing issues in America today. Like the majority of political rhetoric, logical fallacies were used throughout the debate. At one point, republican candidate Cruz mentioned ad hominem attacks. In addition, Candidate Rubio was one of many that utilized logical fallacies in an attempt to further his argument. While Rubio used various forms of logical fallacies, one that stood out was the either/or fallacy.
Throughout the debate, Rubio seemed to bring every question directed at him back to the destruction of ISIS and conflicts between the US and Muslim countries. It is here where Rubio began to use the either/or fallacy. Responding to a question about the Iran deal, Rubio stated, “The Iranian leader, the supreme leader...has an apocalyptic vision of the future...They have a desire not simply to conquer the Middle East and be the dominant power in that region, but ultimately to be able to hold America hostage...nations will have to make a choice, they can do business with Iran, or they can do business in America.” In his response to the question, Rubio gives a clear ultimatum, either to side with America or Iran. He also seems to imply through his earlier comments that America is the bastion of freedom, and Iran is a veritable threat to this freedom. This is clearly an either/or fallacy because Rubio is telling nations they either stand with America or Iran.
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